Montsegur in the Ariege department, south-west of Foix, is a small village with an imposing ruined castle perched on a rocky outcrop 1200 metres high. The climb up to the castle takes nearly half an hour, but the view over the village is worth the climb.


Montsegur castle has a sad history, having been the site of a fierce siege during the 13th century; after nearly a year of resistance, the 200 Cathar inhabitants surrendered and were all burned by the Inquisitors when they refused to renounce their faith.

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